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Does hep c cause immunodeficiency?

Does hep c cause immunodeficiency?

No: If a patient has co-existing HIV which may have an impact on the immune system. Hepatiti c by itself does not cause immune deficiency. ...Read more

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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


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Can hepatitis C cause liver failure?

Can hepatitis C cause liver failure?

Absolutely: Hepatitis c is the number one reason people need a liver transplant in the us. It is estimated that about a third of people with hepatitis c will eventually develop severe liver damage. But it can take 20 to 40 years for cirrhosis to develop. The most important things to do are to stop drinking alcohol and discuss your need for treatment, taking into account all the new drugs in development. ...Read more

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How does hepatitis C lead to liver cancer? 

How does hepatitis C lead to liver cancer? 

HCC Risk with HCV: Hepatitis c (hcv) infection leads to liver inflammation and liver scarring. Advanced liver scarring is also called cirrhosis. Patients with hcv and cirrhosis are at a higher risk for liver cancer and should be screened by their physicians for liver cancer. Patients with successful eradication of their hcv and cirrhosis will need to continue liver cancer screening. ...Read more

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Does hepatitis C lead to liver cancer? How?

Yes, it can.: Any type of long-standing irritation to the liver can cause cancer. These types of irritation include iron overload, alcohol overuse, and yes, hepatitis exposure. Basically, the body attacks cells with the hepatitis c virus inside. The body heals, and when this happens many times over the years, the new liver cells are disorganized in how they grow, to the point that they form cancer. ...Read more

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Will hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Will hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Immune deficiency: If you are asking whether this acts like hiv, the answer is no. Patients who have developed severe liver disease from hep c may be more prone to some forms of infection and secondary malignancy, but not aware of a specific immune function which is inhibited by this virus. ...Read more

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Does hepatitis b lead to liver cancer?

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Does hepatitis b lead to liver cancer?

Yes it can : Yes hepatitis b can lead to a liver cancer. Majority of hepatitis b will be cured and resolved by your immune system- some of them however will continue and go into chronic active phase -where the virus remains active and viable inside your body- and this can lead into further damage to your liver - i.e. Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. ...Read more

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Can chronic hepatitis b infection cause cirrhosis?

Can chronic hepatitis b infection cause cirrhosis?

Yes: Hepatitis b can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. The more inflammation present and the higher the viral load the more likely, one will develop cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis b cause liver failure?

Can hepatitis b cause liver failure?

Yes: Chronic hepatitis b can cause the liver to develop severe scarring from the longstanding inflammation the virus causes. The scarring, commonly referred to as cirrhosis, can be progressive such that more and more liver function is lost to scarring. Eventually there are too few healthy liver cells to remove toxins from the body and liver failure happens, usually over a period of years. ...Read more

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Does alcohol cause hepatitis?

Does alcohol cause hepatitis?

That can be : Associated with hepatitis but there are also infectious forms of hepatitis. ...Read more

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Does lupus cause hepatitis C or b?

Does lupus cause hepatitis C or b?

No: Hepatitis c and b are caused by viruses. Lupus is autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your body. ...Read more

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Could hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

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Could hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Very unlikely: Very unlikely, unless same individual is coinfected by HIV, ...Read more

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Does everyone with hepatitis C eventually develop liver cancer? 

Does everyone with hepatitis C eventually develop liver cancer? 

No: Hepatitis c is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver. This inflammation and cirrhosis (scarring) can lead to primary liver cancer also known as hepatocellular carcinoma. About 20% of people who contract hep c will develop cirrhosis, and about 20% of those will go on to develop cancer. ...Read more

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Chronic hepatitis C do solvadi and ribavirin cause liver pain?

Chronic hepatitis C do solvadi and ribavirin cause liver pain?

No: Liver pain is generally not a frequently cited side effect of either of these medications. The sustained response rate for Sovaldi with or without ribavirin is 90+ percent for most of the common types of hepatitis C. You should discuss this with your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C infection associated with liver cancer?

Yes: Chronic hepatitis c infection, which never goes away spontaneously, can eventually lead to liver cancer - not a guarantee, but a possibility. ...Read more

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Does viral hepatitis C kill?

Does viral hepatitis C kill?

It can: Persons with chronic hepatitis c can develop cirrhosis and liver cancer especially in those with concomitant alcohol abuse. Most of those infected however when they die, die with the virus, not from the virus. ...Read more

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Does high liver enzymes always mean hepatitis b?

Does high liver enzymes always mean hepatitis b?

No: High liver enzymes can be due to meny causes and do not always mean hepatitis b. ...Read more

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My 49 yr old son first became aware of high alt#'s in 2008. Tests have ruled out hepatitis c, cirrhosis, and a tumor. What else could cause this?

My 49 yr old son first became aware of high alt#'s in 2008. Tests have ruled out hepatitis c, cirrhosis, and a tumor. What else could cause this?

Some ideas: We want to rule out hemochromatosis first and foremost. Wilson's may still be a consideration even at his age. Autoimmune hepatitis is less likely, and antitrypsin deficiency less treatable, both could be tested for. I trust he did not drink or take any meds including Ibuprofen during the workup. Most likely is metabolic syndrome with a rx for aerobic fitness. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more


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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by the hepatitis C virus that attacks the liver and ...Read more